While going through the unanswered questions, I cam across this question "https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/14784/does-indias-national-spot-exchange-support-web-based-trading-for-retail-investo"

The National Spot Exchange has since gone bankrupt [August 2013] and hence the question is irrelevant. How should we go about this and other such question that may have answers but the questions themselves are irrelevant.

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In the scenario where the question is unanswered, I suggest the following:

  • Add a comment explaining why the question is obsolete. Include a supporting reference.
  • Flag the question for moderator attention.

Once we confirm the unanswered question is now irrelevant, we can:

  • Close the question, and
  • Delete it, eventually.

You may want to actually consider leaving the question for historical purposes.

While an individual implementation (e.g. a particular spot market) may have been wound down, there may be an historical precedent or principle in the answer that is still relevant.

I agree that the question should be updated to reflect the situation - but the principles and the precedents in good answers still provide value.

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    +1 and aha -- I just realized I only addressed the unanswered question scenario in my own answer. I agree that we shouldn't delete questions that have answers with value. Sep 29, 2013 at 12:27
  • I think even questions without answers may have value too. They are often epistemological "indicators" as to what has been asked before, what the availability of answers are (e.g. sparse or none), and perhaps the question may even contain links and/or ideas that an asker of a related question may not have thought to check. (My opinion is not strong however; I can also argue for their deletion. Just adding another perspective.) Oct 4, 2013 at 3:27
  • Agreed, you may need to understand the past to understand the present.
    – Paul
    Oct 10, 2013 at 8:42

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